Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Normandy 44 - The Battle of Le Petit-Clelland

We played out the first battle yesterday - a bit of a what if scenario to blood our new troops - British paras (Martin c - has account here ) and American armour (me)

James brought over more scatter terrain to add to what I had already set up and his Germans. We cluttered the table up some more. By time we were adding troops it was looking very good.

lots of trees, hedges ,fields, rolling hills - very Normandy

Our scenario had Martins paras assembling in the night to capture the two bridges from the Germans and hold until relieved by my US forces - who were in no rush!

Para move into the town

The flak gun crew woke up and sprayed lead everywhere

The action was intense south of the village with Martin chucking everything at James's reinforcing tanks.

Meanwhile , my lead recon scouted the lanes looking for an easy way through

probing round the corner the lead jeeps spy defenders 

My light tanks advance through wood , as fire destroys the lead recon on my right. 
The main column arrives

and so does a little ambush! 
time for a little attention from the Air Force - 1/200th P47 our now until I get my 15mm ones painted,, but scratch a  Stud

My light forces blue away at a gun battery position to clear the track into town
A second Stug is blown up by a Sherman , the 3rd bails out.. the road is clear.

Paras have cleared the anti tank gun at the railway crossing time to race on down the roads 

the bridge is secure ! 

a few more shots of the newly liberated village of Le Petit -Clelland

Martins paras had a great game clearing out the defenders and coping with an uncanny ability by James of being able to roll just the right random dice to bring his forces on in the worst place for Martin!

The effort put into the terrain really payed back - we were all really pleased with the look of the table we are planning on up scaling to a 16x6 large D Day game later in the year , so will need a lot of terrain bits , but we are well on the way .


  1. It does look amazing Dave and sounds like a lot of fun. No mention of Martin's PIATs though? :D

    1. Well,when you saw what he did with them..

  2. Excellent looking terrain. Quite a spectacular setup when laid out like that.

  3. I was wondering where the yanks were

  4. Excellent looking game! The addition of more scatter terrain really has paid off.

    1. Thanks Nick. Indeed it was, more work to,do.

  5. A very fine looking game Dave!


  6. Tremendous looking set up Dave

  7. The terrain looks very good I think because it blends so well with the base mat you've used, an excellent result.

  8. Beautiful looking game Dave! I find 15/20mm is such a great scale for this level of game. The ranges and terrain just look right and not as 'compressed' as some 28mm tables.

    1. Yep, indeed that it the real attraction for me

  9. BTW, what mat is it that is in the photos?

    1. Mr C it’s a Deepcut studios green plains mat, printed on cloth . This one is 8x4 .


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No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.


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WW2 15mm

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